Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will return to the Camp Nou this Wednesday directing Manchester City to face the Barça team in a friendly match that will allocate all its profits to the fight against ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), the disease suffered by former player Juan Carlos Unzué, who has promoted the organization of this party.
The meeting, which will start at 9:30 p.m., will have great sporting incentives beyond the return to the ‘culer’ fiefdom of the coach of the best Barça in history.
Bernardo Silva, wanted by the Catalan team, will be at the Spotify Camp Nou, and for the first time in his career Erling Haaland, the new star of the ‘citizens’, will set foot on the lawn of the Barça fiefdom.
The last time Guardiola played as a visitor to the Camp Nou was in the 2016-2017 Champions League group stage. Then Barça beat Manchester City 4-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Leo Messi and a goal from Neymar. Precisely, Unzué was the second coach of the Catalan team, led by Luis Enrique.
The City coach, who arrives in Barcelona after drawing at Newcastle (3-3) in the Premier League, will not speak at a press conference until after the game.
The English team is preparing the match at the Vinya sports complex in Caldes de Malavella (Girona) and Guardiola took advantage of it this Monday to see Girona win (3-1) against Getafe in Montilivi on matchday two of LaLiga Santander.
This match against ELA was initially scheduled to be played last summer, but the capacity restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic caused the organizers to prefer to wait with the intention of raising as much money as possible. A practically full Spotify Camp Nou is expected for tomorrow, Wednesday.
Barça arrives at the meeting in high spirits after the 1-4 win against Real Sociedad last Sunday, which has restored the confidence lost after the tie in the league debut against Rayo Vallecano.
Xavi could give minutes to less usual players considering that on Sunday the team has another League match against Valladolid.
It will also be an opportunity to see central defender Jules Koundé in action, the only one of the five Barça signings this summer who has not yet been registered in LaLiga.
At the moment, he could only play in the Joan Gamper Trophy against the Mexican Pumas (6-0). In addition, Xavi will be able to count on captain Sergio Busquets, who did not play at the Reale Arena due to suspension.